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Hiram L. Fong (1906)close

Hiram L. Fong, the first Chinese-American Senator, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the seventh of eleven children of poor, illiterate immigrants from China. Fong graduated from the University of Hawaii and Harvard Law School, founded a law firm, served 14 years as an elected representative of the Hawaii Territorial Legislature, and represented the state of Hawaii as a US Senator from 1959 to 1977.

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